The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Raja Feather Kelly/ The Feath3r Theory, and Katy Pyle / WOMANIFESTO

The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought
presents “2-2” | 2 NYC choreographers in 2 months

Raja Feather Kelly/ The Feath3r Theory, and Katy Pyle / WOMANIFESTO

Raja Feather Kelly and Company with SCDT’s Hatchery
Friday, March 17
6:30PM - 8 PM

Katy Pyle Womanifesto and Master class
Saturday April 8
8 PM- Womanifesto

Sunday April 9
Master class- pre registration required!

SCDT / Studio 4
25 Main Street 4th floor
Northampton MA

SCDT continues on, with enriching programming that brings internationally acclaimed performance artists to the valley. SCDT programming will host two dynamic artists from NYC this spring! Raja Feather Kelly is a 2016 Solange MacArthur Choreography Award winner and a recent Time Out New York’s Critic’s Pick for work his company will share with Northampton on FridayMarch 17, 6:30-8 PM. Kelly is also working with the pre professional company of SCDT Hatchery- creating a new work, that will be shown along side his company! Katy Pyle is the founder of BALLEZ- an approach to ballet, inserting the herstory and lineage of lesbian, queer and transgender people into the ballet canon, through the creation of large-scale story ballets, open classes, and public engagement. She will present Womanifesto on Saturday April 8 at 8 PM and offer an open level ballez class on Sunday April 9 at 10 AM.


Recipient of the 2016 Solange MacArthur Award for New Choreography, Raja Feather Kelly was born in Fort Hood, Texas and is the first and only choreographer to dedicate the entirety of his company’s work to Andy Warhol. For over a decade, Kelly has worked throughout the United States and abroad (Austria, Germany, Australia, United Kingdom, and France) in search of the connections between popular culture and humanity and their integration into experiential dance-theatre. Kelly is a two-time recipient of Jerome Foundation commissioning funds for emerging artists (Dixon Place 2015, Danspace Project 2016), Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant recipient (2013–2015 Paris + Lyon, France), 2016 Dancemapolitan Commissioned Choreographer, 2015 Dixon Place Dance Artist in Residence, LMCC Workspace Resident Recipient, and an Emerging Choreographer residency at Bates Dance Festival. Kelly can be seen in the work of Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group, Rebecca Lazier, and Christopher Williams. He has formerly been a company member with David Dorfman Dance, Zoe | Juniper, Racedance, and PearsonWidrig DanceTheater. Kelly collaborates with Tzveta Kassabova and Paul Matteson. He has had the pleasure of performing in the work of Colleen Thomas and Dancers, and Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion.Kelly currently choreographs, writes, and directs his own work as Artistic Director of the feath3r theory. THE FEATH3R THEORY (TF3T) is a thought-provoking dance theater company based in NYC. In collaboration with dancers, actors, filmmakers, musicians, photographers, lighting and graphic designers, TF3T exploits and excavates popular culture into humane and affecting dance-theater experiences that seeks to popularize courage and empathy.

KATY PYLE is a choreographer and creator of performance whose works explore fantasy, transformation, queer failure, and the lineage of performance. Before founding the Ballez in 2011, she created evening length works: “Salute to Ex-Best Friends,”asubtout (Pyle & Eleanor Hullihan), Galapagos, 2005; “The Lady Centaur Show,” asubtout, PS 122, 2007; “THE WAY: You Make Me Feel,” Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, 2010; and “COVERS,” The Bushwick Starr, 2012. She has co-created and performed works by Ivy Baldwin, Faye Driscoll, John Jasperse, Xavier Le Roy, Jennifer Monson, Anna Sperber, Katie Workum, and Young Jean Lee. She graduated summa cum laude from Hollins University with a BA in Multimedia Performance Art in '02, and from the high school conservatory program at North Carolina School of the Arts in '99, majoring in Ballet and Contemporary. She was a 2013-2015 Artist in Residence at BAX, and has received additional residencies through Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, at Mount Tremper Arts, Rockbridge Artist’s Exchange, the Dragon’s Egg, Abrons Arts Center, and La Mama, ETC.

About Ballez:
The Ballez is inserting the herstory and lineage of lesbian, queer and transgender people into the ballet canon, through the creation of large-scale story ballets, open classes, and public engagement. Major works include “The Firebird, a Ballez," at Danspace Project in Spring (with a reprise in Fall) 2013, “Variations on Virtuosity, a Gala with the Stars of the Ballez” at American Realness at Abrons Arts Center in January 2015, and “Sleeping Beauty & the Beast,” at La Mama in Spring 2016. “Adult Ballez Class” has been ongoing at Brooklyn Arts Exchange since 2011, and Pyle, Jules Skloot and company members have brought the class to Movement Research, Allied Media Conference (Detroit), CounterPULSE (San Francisco), University Musical Society (Ann Arbor), Irreverent Dance (London), Beyond Tolerance Youth Conference (NYC), Yale, New York University, Sarah Lawrence, and this past Fall at the New School and Beloit College (Wisconsin), where Pyle also began developing a new Ballez with students.

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